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20 largest economies met in london last spring the global economy was teetering on the brink of collapse. today the situation is more stable but the solidarity among world leaders has evaporate when'd it comes to the best way to keep a still fragile economy growing. >> this is also an opportunity to return the wonderful hospitality of the president. >> reporter: president obama is pushing his colleagues to keep up stimulus spending, but europe's debt crisis has made world leaders hesitant to do that without first addressing skyrocketing deficits. >> not every country's going to respond exactly the same way. but all of us are going to have responsibilities to rebalance in ways that allow for long-term sustained economic growth in which all countries are participating and hopefully the citizens of all these countries are benefiting. >> reporter: on the sidelines of the summit mr. obama will sit down for one-on-one meetings with six world leaders. first on his list, britain's newly elected prime minister, david cameron.
this is the first meeting between the two leaders. the white house said it is meant to underscore the special relationship between the united states and britain. the global leaders summit has even upstaged baseball. the toronto blue jays were scheduled to play three home games this weekend, but because of security concerns and congestion major league baseball moved the games to philadelphia. eric and vinita? >> karen, thanks. well, nearly 1 million americans will lose extended unemployment benefits because of what has happened in the senate. a spending plan to extend long-term benefits was rejected in a 57-41 vote. republicans refused to back the bill. they were against adding another $30 billion to the national debt to pay for the benefits extension. mortgage rates are at their lowest level in 50 years for loan customers with excellent credit and stable jobs. the benchmark 30-year mixed rate loan has dropped to just 4.69%. freddie mac says other mortgage rates are lower. that's after a big slump in the construction business last month. well, it was the moment customers were waiting for.
and man, oh man, did they wait. >> hundreds of thousands of people worldwide lined up for hours just to be among the first to get their hands on the new iphone 4. apple stores, including this one in chicago, were mobbed by eager iphone fans snaked around city blocks. >> what do these people do for a living? i'm always curious to know how they're able to stand in line all day long. >> they took the day off from work. >> and it was early because stores opened at 7:00 a.m. and those lines were out there well before that. many sold out of the phones by early afternoon. a disappointment to customers who had been waiting in that long line all morning long. it makes my iphone 3 look like a rotary phone, though. now i want the iphone 4. >> yeah, you're such a dinosaur. >> i know. we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ telephone line ♪ give me some time
prescott bush jr. was the older brother of president george h.w. bush and the uncle of president george w. bush. he dabbled in politics but was an executive for most of his life. prescott bush was 87 years old. it's hard to believe it's been one year, but one year ago today pop star michael jackson died. fans will be remembering him in many public and private ways. >> family members will gather for a private ceremony at forest lawn cemetery, where jackson is buried. but police there are bracing for crowds of mourners. miriam hernandez reports. >> reporter: in a very peaceful place they prep for crowds. visitors may want an intimate look at the mausoleum where the king of pop is buried. but the closest they will get will be the paved road in front of it. and that's just one of many restrictions. there is little if any parking in neighborhoods surrounding forest lawn. >> where your car is parked on the property could be as far as a mile away. it's a vast property. >> reporter: as much of a mile hike to the mausoleum, where you will be ushered to a line. >> before you know it you're
going to pass the mausoleum in the blink of an eye, you're now going to be shuttled out of the park. >> reporter: will it discourage crowds? today throngs gathered at jackson's likeness at mamd tussaud's museum in hollywood. >> my name is shuka from denmark. >> i'm from south africa. >> reporter: from around the world fans are converging on all michael jackson landmarks. >> i think this weekend's going to be a massive testament to how popular he is. he is the king of pop. >> reporter: as fans plot their plans for tomorrow glendale p.d. has this reminder -- most of the jacksons are out of town. finally, don't even think about lining up your car here before 8:00 a.m. >> there's going to be strict enforcement. you stack up on the street, you block traffic, your car not only will get cited but it can be towed. >> reporter: this is miriam hernandez reporting for abc news. >> so many celebrations obviously of his life around the country today. tonight, a two-hour special on "20/20." "michael jackson: after life." >> it should be really fascinating in the sense you're
going to hear from a lot of people in his inner circle, one being his makeup artist who was with him for something like three decades. she's never spoken before, and she gives you the inside look, someone who really knew this guy well. >> yeah. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ this is thriller ♪ thriller night ♪ and no one's going to save you from the beast about to strike ♪
well, it is pay-back time for salt. for centuries wars have been fought over it. now salt is getting us back. >> americans eat so much of it in so many foods, whether they know it or not, that the whole country is in for some devastating long-term consequences. jeremy hubbard has the story. >> reporter: right in front of
our eyes frank sachs, this mild-mannered harvard professor, just killed 10,000 people. >> that's 20,000 deaths. and that's 50,000. 100,000 deaths. >> reporter: his casualty count rises with every flick of that measuring spoon. >> 150,000 deaths. to get it up to 11 grams per day. >> reporter: salt is the deadly weapon here. this heaping mound, 11 grams, is what most american men swallow every day. and it is killing 150,000 of us each year. >> salt has a terrible effect on our heart health. i mean, it damages the arteries, makes them stiffer. it raises the blood pressure, causes heart attacks and strokes. >> it's no surprise that 2 out of every 3 american salt users shake the best. morton salt. >> reporter: sachs is waging a new attack in an old battle that dates back to black-and-white tv and grandmas' recipes. the assault on salt. >> sodium is a cheap way to flavor up food and cause us a
lot of harm along the way. >> reporter: the fda and doctors have declared a renewed war on salt. >> if we reduce this by 50%, we pretty much wipe out most heart attacks and strokes. >> reporter: easier said than done. as you know, salt lurksz r lu s everywhere. not just in soups and cold cuts but where you'd least expect it, from breakfast foods to bread. >> bread contains the highest amount of sodium in processed foods. just take a look at the wonder bread. 220 milligrams of sodium per slice. which means that you make a sandwich it's 440. >> reporter: government doctors now suggest most of us consume 1,500 milligrams of sodium every day. we consume more than twice that much. if you follow the new rules, this tv dinner is more than a day's worth. that box of lunchables, a favorite with kids, has almost half the daily sodium recommended for an adult. and then there's eating out. last year the center for science in the public interest lambasted
red lobster for its admiral's feast, with nearly three days' worth of sodium. as for professor sachs, he has gone grassroots with his salt fight. >> we hosted a visiting professor of nutrition and i took him out to dinner here and said this salt is really high in the food, huge. the food is great but so much salt. >> reporter: he persuaded the chef at this, his favorite restaurant, to just give it a try, reduce salt by 25% and see what happens. so i guess it worked. he's using less salt. >> he sure is. >> reporter: well, let's go see if he still is. with why don't we put him to the test? inside chef gordon hammersly prepares salmon two ways, the way he used to make it and the way he makes it now. >> in the old days i would have just heavily salted the fish and i would have flipped it over and done it on both sides. these days i'm taking a much more careful look at how much salt i'm doing. i'm just doing a light sprinkle on both sides. >> reporter: some researchers say cutting salt by 25% you
won't even be able to taste a difference. >> so remember, this is the salty one, this is the not so salty one. i'm just going to finish with a little bit of olive oil. there we go. salmon with summer vegetables. and it goes right onto the place. >> reporter: time to put our palates to the test. >> mm. that's definitely the saltier of the two. >> that's right. >> as frank pointed out, we could still taste the salt over here. >> yeah. and you know, in my opinion, being a cook, i think that salt obviously adds to the flavor of things. >> right. >> and i wouldn't want to probably do it without salt. but clearly, what i used to do and what i'm doing now, there's a big difference. >> yeah, the point's a good one. this still has a ton of flavor. >> right. >> reporter: gordon says there have been no complaints. no one sent the food back. but still, this is a radical change for chefs. >> you know, the old adage that, you know, the difference between a good cook and a great cook is a pound of butter and a box of salt, you know, we were brought
up that way. >> reporter: it is not just gordon. lots of chefs use salt. >> we're going to season a little bit of salt and pepper. >> little pinch of salt. >> kosher salt. >> season it liberally. >> salt and pepper. >> reporter: and it all adds up. for tom colicio on "top chef" sometimes it's too much salt. >> kevin, the broth was very salty. i just couldn't get past the salt. >> so how do you convince the guys in the kitchen this is the way to go? >> it's a macho thing. we just have to beat on them. >> reporter: if he doesn't, frank sachs will. for this sodium-obsessed professor this is one small victory in the new assault on salt. i'm jeremy hubbard in boston. >> wow. and even if you think you're eating healthy, there are so many foods out there that are salty that you wouldn't think are salty. like bread, for instance. very high in sodium. it's a processed food. the salt is used to make the bread and preserve the bread. and if you eat it every day it adds up. >> instead of just throwing it over your right shoulder you should just probably get rid of the whole thing. it ain't good for you.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. you know the expression lightning never strikes twice? well, it doesn't necessarily strike twice, but it can strike very, very close because this happened in chicago and it really is an unbelievable picture. what you're looking at is a bolt striking the willis tower and the trump tower at the same time in downtown chicago. they had a bunch of severe storms that rolled through i think on wednesday, right? >> yeah. good thing i was here. >> right. >> i never would have been able to make it here. but yeah. severe weather on wednesday night. remarkable pictures. >> always so cool whenever photographers are able to get something like this. and this next one's even cooler than this one and it shows the lightning, you can really see how it just breaks apart there
in the sky. >> wow. >> cool stuff. >> during the summertime it's not unusual for people to play hooky from work but a woman in florida sort of took it a step too far. apparently now she has pleaded guilty to setting her office on fire to try to get off from work. 40-year-old michelle perino, i think we have a mugshot of her to show you, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. she apparently set her office on fire and was using it as an excuse days afterward saying the smoke is irritating me, i want the day off from work. they started questioning her about it. she ended up quitting. then played very cool. and next thing you know the authorities got involved and said, well -- they investigated her and now she may -- >> she looks annoyed in that mug shot. she's annoyed that someone made her -- like i don't want to go to work and don't make me take a picture on top of that. >> it's like ysay you got jury . ♪ politics and foreign wars ♪ all the weather all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ around the world and up your street ♪ ♪ the skinny is our gossip sheet ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka
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severe storms. mother nature blasts the northeast. the widespread damage, numerous injuries, and disrupted travel. then, remembering michael jackson. exactly one year after his death. that unforgettable day for fans. and the historic win at wimbledon. >> i was so delirious, i wasn't thinking anything. >> the exhausting end to a marathon match. it's friday, june 25th. a tennis match for the ages finally coming to an end. unfortunately for the french player, he had to play a doubles match right afterward.
so no rest for the weary. >> i think they said all told these guys ran something like 24 miles. and when they say ran, they were sprinting because you're sprinting to the net, sprinting back. >> oh, yeah. >> so ech. >> finally for them, a marathon match finally over. good morning. i'm eric horng. jeremy hubbard is on assignment. >> and i'm vinita nair. thousands of people in the northeast are without power this morning after some destructive storms. >> there's been extensive property damage from philadelphia to new york and connecticut. abc's michael barr has the latest. >> reporter: the fast-moving system of wind and rain collapsed buildings and toppled trees and power lines in connecticut's largest city. >> wow. it was like a big strong wind. we were scared. we didn't know what was going to happen. it just came like in a minute. >> reporter: the mayor of bridgeport declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay indoors. >> destruction. destruction. i've been living in the city of bridgeport all my life, and i never seen nothing like this before in my life. >> reporter: severe thunderstorms also drenched parts of pennsylvania and forced
the cleveland indians-phillies game into rain delay. strong winds even whipped around the tarp. on long island the storm system caused a commuting mess during the evening rush hour. railroad service was suspended. >> it got dark all of a sudden. all of a sudden it rumbled. and then you could hear the wind, and the trees were laying down. >> storm down. hail was hitting me. it turned green, and everything was wiped to the ground. >> reporter: trees hit the ground, closing roads and destroying power lines, leaving many homes without electricity. michael barr, abc news. today the national weather service will try to determine if a tornado hit connecticut. >> accuweather's jeannette calle explains the conditions leading up to that storm. good morning, jeannette. >> good morning, vinita and eric. well, on this friday it's looking a lot better here in the northeast now. yesterday it wasn't so pleasant. we had a cold front that pushed across the region. the heat and humidity fueled some strong storms, especially along and east of i-95, which produced damaging winds and left
several people without power across areas of connecticut down into southeastern pennsylvania and the delmarva. but high pressure building behind it. it's going to be sunny, dry. temperatures still on the warm side but much lower humidity. meanwhile, the heat and humidity is on the rise across the central and northern plains with the wind flow coming in out of the south. now, we are concerned for some localized damaging winds across north dakota, northern minnesota, and eventually moving into northern portions of wisconsin. now, we're still keeping an eye on the tropics. there's a broad area of showers and thunderstorms right now over the central caribbean. but we are concentrating on this cluster just north of honduras, and that could become our next tropical storm alex of the atlantic basin. vinita, eric, back to you guys. >> jeannette, thanks. well, there are concerns along the gulf coast about that tropical storm, which could form in the western caribbean. efforts to clean up the oil spill would be disrupted by a storm. if there is a real threat, the cap on the oil well would have to be lifted, and more crude would pollute the gulf. >> then it came up that they
hadn't formulated a plan yet. so we were a little concerned. >> forecasters are of course watching the system closely along the coast. if it veers toward mexico's yucatan peninsula, as some models predict, it could miss the gulf. this is day 67 of the gulf oil disaster, and the debate over offshore deepwater drilling rages on. louisiana's republican governor wants to stop a government moratorium on deepwater drilling from being enforced. yesterday a federal judge rejected the obama administration's request to postpone any more drilling. both sides seem convinced that they know what's best for the region. >> we shouldn't have to choose between our coast and safe, responsible production. the federal government should be able to do their job. >> the president and i have been very clear, and that is what we want to keep the moratorium in place until we get to a level where we can provide a sense of safety to the american people. >> also along the gulf, two people connected to the cleanup have been found dead. police say a fishing boat captain depressed about lost
business shot himself to death. thousands of donors who contributed to a legal defense fund for sarah palin are now getting their money back. an alaska state investigator says the fund was illegal because it misled donors. the investigator says a website set up for palin described itself as official, implying it was endorsed by the governor's office. nearly $400,000 was raised. president obama says his military team is ready to move ahead on its mission in afghanistan. but military leaders are still stunned by general stanley mcchrystal's resignation and the sudden change of command. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: it was so clear that defense secretary robert gates and admiral mike mullen were profoundly saddened and angered by the "rolling stone" article. they have known stan mcchrystal for years and were the ones who recommended him to be commander in afghanistan. listen to admiral mullen's reaction to the article. >> honestly, when i first read it, i was nearly sick. it made me -- literally
physically. i couldn't believe it. so i was stunned. >> reporter: both men said again and again that the comments mcchrystal and his staff made were completely unacceptable and the punishment just. but they also went out of their way to praise prior accomplishments. >> their outstanding record of service remains intact for posterity and is deserving of our lasting recognition and profound gratitude. >> reporter: gates called mcchrystal's replacement, general david petraeus, one of the great battle captains in american history and said his leadership would assure that the strategy was on track. >> this is the best possible outcome to an awful situation. >> reporter: gates said that it was president obama's idea to choose petraeus, who he said was on board to begin a drawdown in july of next year despite what they acknowledged was currently an enormously difficult period. >> we're not asking for a victory by december or by july of 2011.
what we are asking is that by december we have enough evidence to demonstrate, if you will, the proof of concept, that the approach that we're taking is showing progress and that we're headed in the right direction. >> reporter: and if they find the strategy is not the right one, the military and secretary gates say they will look at changing it. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. well, president obama was also working on relations with russia. so he skipped the formalities and went for a power lunch, american style. >> he took russian president dmitri medvedev to one of his favorite spots, ray's hell burgers in arlington, virginia. now, they both ordered cheeseburgers, but they ordered them a little differently. the president had his with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and iced tea. and as for the russian president, onions, jalapenos, and mush sxrmz a coke. >> excellent choice. the men shared an order of fries. president obama picked up the tab of course. and what did medvedev think of the meal? he said it was not quite healthy but very tasty. >> i have to say that when the
president said he always wanted five guys when he was in d.c. i went to the five guys and it was excellent. so now i will go to ray's -- what is it called? ray's hell burgers? >> something like that. >> i should make a note of this one. >> hamburger diplomacy. >> ray's hell burgers in arlington, virginia. they'll be getting lots of business after this little diplomatic luncheon. we'll be right back.
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[ coughing ] >> reporter: despite public service announcements like this one with jennifer lopez, many don't know about whooping cough. the cdc says the disease comes in cycles and the u.s. is due. this family learned that the hard way. their daughter died this year from whooping cough. she was one month old. >> they talked about it. we honestly had no clue. >> reporter: california could see even more cases. health officials say peak season for whooping cough is in the summer. in los angeles don guevara, abc news. >> that cough is just so distinctive that anyone who's heard it knows exactly what it is. but the new advice coming from health officials are instead of eight weeks, which was perhaps traditionally thought, six weeks is when you want to give the kids the shot. and then booster shots are a good idea. the follow-up shot. >> absolutely horrible ailment. these coughing fits can last for months. bad for an adult but absolutely deadly for a child. well, coming up, michael jackson's death one year ago. >> that unforgettable day for fans. it is next from the abc news vault.
♪ you know i'm bad it is hard to believe that a year has already passed, that it was one year ago today we got the shocking news that michael jackson had died. he was just 50 years old and preparing for his new world tour. >> from the abc news vault, "world news now" coverage of jackson's life and death from june 26th, 2009. >> reporter: michael jackson's fans have been coming out here en masse to the hospital where the pop star was pronounced dead ever since word got out about what happened. they've been celebrating his life with signs and with music and dance and even candles. it's been kind of a party, in fact. they tried to revive him. he wasn't breathing. they brought him here to this hospital, where doctors worked on him for more than an hour without any success. he was pronounced dead just after 2:00 on thursday afternoon. so what is the official cause of death?
they're not saying right now. it's going to take an autopsy for that. on thursday evening a helicopter, sheriff's department helicopter came here to the hospital to take michael jackson's body to the coroner's office. that's where the autopsy will take place sometime later today. now, meanwhile, over at michael jackson's house los angeles police are conducting what they're calling a routine death investigation, though they are stressing right now that at this point there is no indication, no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing. ♪ >> at times during his career michael jackson was one of the biggest pop stars in the world. starting with his brothers in the jackson 5 in the 1960s and continuing with a solo career that began in the 1970s, michael jackson became a worldwide star. in his adult life michael jackson was always the subject of tabloid news coverage, from his ever-changing appearance to his fascination with small children. starting with appearances on the "ed sullivan show," the jackson
5 consistently topped the charts in the 1960s and '70s. they even opened for diana ross and the supremes. ♪ billie jean is not my lover jackson became a superstar in his own right, making his famous moonwalk for the first time on motown's 25th anniversary special. his album "thriller" won eight grammy awards and holds the record for best-selling album of all time. michael jackson surprised the world in 1994 when he married elvis presley's daughter, lisa marie. they divorced after less than two years. just months later, in 1996, jackson announced that his friend debra rowe was expecting the first of their two children. they would eventually marry and divorce. he would increasingly be in the spotlight for his strange behavior, his changing physical looks, rather than his music. ♪ beat it but in his prime michael jackson was a dazzling singer and a breakthrough dancer. he was, as his nickname implies,
the king of pop. brian rooney, abc news, hollywood. >> you have said, "i grew up in a fishbowl, i will not allow that to happen to my son." yet when your son was born you sold pictures to the "national enquirer" and to other european papers, tabloids. why did you do that? >> why? >> why? >> because there was a race. there were some illegal pictures out. illegally somebody had taken pictures of a baby for millions of dollars and said here's michael's son. >> and it wasn't? >> and it wasn't. so i took the pictures of the baby. they're forcing me to get his picture. helicopters flying above us, flying over my house, flying over the hospital. machines with satellites all over. even the hospital said michael, we've had every kind of celebrity here, we've never had it like this, this is unbelievable. and so i said here, take it. and i gave the money to charity.
>> once people hear that children from other families have come and they stayed in your house, they stayed in your bedroom -- >> well, very few. >> you know, some have. and they say is that really appropriate for a man, a grown man to be doing that? how do you respond to that? >> i feel sorry for them because that's judging someone who wants to really help people. why can't you share your bed? it's the most loving thing to do, is to share your bed with someone. you know? >> you really think that? >> yeah. of course. >> you're taking a position that you use every single night that you go into, you sleep, and you're sharing it with another -- >> you can have my bed if you want, sleep in it. >> but the boy would soon recant on these feelings. eventually, he would allege that michael jackson had sexually abused him. jackson was eventually acquitted of all charges. he promised that he'd go back to doing what he does best, singing
and dancing like nobody else. he was expecting to return to london next month, the city where we'd first met, to put on what he described as his last shows of all time. today's tragedy means we'll never see the genius dance again. but it's equally true that his legacy is unlikely ever to be surpassed. >> and on this one-year anniversary "20/20" is doing a fascinating documentary on michael jackson, "the after life." it's tonight, 9:00, 8:00 p.m. central. and they talk to the people in the inner circle that in essence have never spoken before, people like his personal makeup artist, his stylist, and some of today's top artists like justin bieber and usher and how influential he was in their work. >> all of them talking about his remarkable career. a number of events taking place around the country today to celebrate his life including here in new york at the apollo theater. a private memorial scheduled at forest lawn cemetery in
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♪ fi nally this h alf hour, the longest match in tennis history is finally, well, history. but it took three days to get there. >> that's right. it was an epic battle that required extraordinary tennis skills and incredible stamina. jim sciutto was at wimbledon for the finish. >> reporter: nearly 2,000 strokes ended with one shot and spontaneous celebration for one, agonizing defeat for another. the players left everything they
had on the court. it was too much even for the scoreboard, which broke down. >> i was so delirious, i wasn't thinking anything. i couldn't hear anybody in particular. all i knew is that i just wanted to get to that changeover and sit down as quick as possible because i wanted to rest. >> reporter: and here's why. over the course of the match each player sprinted 24 miles, sweating out upwards of ten pounds of water. doctors say their body temperatures fluctuated from 95 degrees to 105 as their bodies tried to self-regulate. >> these guys went through something that was very rare in the history of sports. >> reporter: john isner told us he had to consume 12 energy bars and gallons of water and energy drinks to compensate. fellow american andy roddick brought him italian takeout at night. though isner's mother said her son looked exhausted to the point of delirium. >> he looked like he was stumbling around the court, and
today he gave me some looks that were not good. he looked real unhappy out there today. >> reporter: frenchman nicolas mahut may have had it worse. he had to play a doubles match right after. despite the physical demands, coaches say it's the psychological toll that's the greatest, maintaining concentration for days when just a couple of mistakes means defeat. >> and he said last night he was just trying to win the game that he was serving. just a phenomenal effort. speechless. you would think at some point he would crumble. >> reporter: but he didn't. neither player did. which is why isner was probably right when he said, "we will never see a match like this again." jim sciutto, abc news, wimbledon. >> such an unbelievable match also in terms of just serves. 112 aces for isner and 103 for mahut, all said and done. and each guy lost serve only once in all of that play. >> wow. and no rest for the weary. we mentioned the frenchman mahut had to play again, a doubles match right afterwards. that match actually got postponed for darkness. he's got to play again today.
tropical threat. why a storm system forming many miles from the gulf coast has so many people concerned. then, trauma team. afghanistan's military hospital and the everyday challenges. >> he has an amputated right foot. he has a tourniquet in place. >> battling to save lives. and children's condoms. the uproar over sex education, public schools, and angry lawmakers. it's friday, june 25th. i'm sure that headline of children's condoms woke a lot of people up. but that is in essence what the story is about. kids being offered them. >> that story generating a lot
of buzz on facebook as well as abcnews.com. very much a hot-button issue. >> yeah, you definitely want to stick around for it because you're sure to have an opinion. good morning and thanks for being with us on this friday. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm erica horng. jeremy hubbard is on assignment. a tropical weather system 1,000 miles away from the gulf coast could pose a major threat to bp. >> crews trying to control the gushing oil, you see it here live in pictures, would have to move their ships. the cap on this well would have to be lifted. matt gutman reports on the potential threat from orange beach, alabama. >> reporter: right now it's a blip on the radar, a tropical disturbance near jamaica, but already it has local officials worried. >> then it came up that they hadn't formulated a plan yet. so we were a little concerned. >> yeah, that would be concerning. >> reporter: it's still unclear where the system is heading. but were it to form into a tropical storm it would be called alex, the first named storm of the season. and these trajectories show it could make a beeline for the
gulf. >> a big storm would overwash this oil over the entire peninsula -- >> overwash, yeah. >> reporter: where there is already much more oil than meets the eye. >> these types of tar patties litter the beach, but scratch the surface, and six inches down you will see that we are standing on a pond of oil hundreds of yards wide. a hurricane could whip all of that up. if it does, hundreds of miles of boom could be wrecked and that top cap system would again be fully detached from the well. bp did have some good news. they were finally able to reattach the top cap after the blunder with the robot stalled the containment efforts for 11 hours. in that short time hundreds of thousands of additional gallons of oil shot into the gulf unimpeded. now, one of the most disconcerting parts about all of this is that if a storm does hit out here all those ships would have to be redeployed and the round trip to get them back here, get them back out over the spill would take ten days. in that time up to 20 million gallons of oil could spill into the gulf. matt gutman, abc news, gulf shores, alabama. >> and we are now getting a look at computer models forecasters
are watching of that disturbance in the tropics. >> let's get the latest from accuweather's jeannette calle. good morgan, jeannette. >> good morning, vinita and eric. and we're certainly keeping an eye on the tropics. we have this broad area of showers and thunderstorms over the central caribbean, but the area we're still keeping an eye on is this cluster just north of honduras. it is developing slowly. we do expect it to track to the west-northwest over the next several days. once it approaches the yucatan peninsula saturday into sunday, we could be looking at tropical storm alex of the atlantic basin. where does this system go? well, it's very unlikely that it will affect florida, but these are the two scenarios. first scenario, it could track westward, affecting south texas. if it heads this direction, it will be less likely that it will become a hurricane. however, if it tracks farther north, it could affect the oil spill area and it could become a hurricane here early next week since the waters are relatively warm. meanwhile, over the northeast we had a strong cold front that
moved into the region, producing damaging winds across areas of connecticut down into d.c. but on friday beautiful, much lower humidity with sunshine. vinita, eric, back to you guys. >> jeannette calle, thanks. that storm system left major damage behind in connecticut's largest city. the mayor of bridgeport has declared a state of emergency after hundreds of bricks shook loose from buildings and trees split in half and crushed cars. nine buildings in the downtown area were either damaged or destroyed. no injuries were reported, though. storm experts will visit the area today to see if a tornado caused the destruction. at least 200,000 homes and businesses lost power in the philadelphia area when the storm struck during the evening rush hour. the storm also interrupted the phillies-indians game. groundskeepers had to struggle with the tarp. a major commuter rail line was shut down. though it could be running for this morning's commute. there is a virtual security lockdown in toronto for today's start of the g-8 summit. canadian police arrested a man on weapons charges. they say he was driving a suspicious car with a large
container strapped to the roof. police say the car was carrying gasoline canisters, a chainsaw, and a cross-bow. the driver was arrested and will appear in court today. president obama says his afghanistan military team is united after this week's major shake-up. >> and the senate is expected to confirm general david petraeus in his new role next week. t.j. winick has the latest from washington. t.j.? >> reporter: good morning, vinita and eric. the president is calling the switch in leadership in the afghan war a change in personnel, not policy. the president expressed confidence that his choice to succeed general mcchrystal is a smart one. >> and my expectation is that he will be outstanding in implementing it and we will not miss a beat. >> reporter: during his confirmation hearing next tuesday general petraeus should expect to be asked about the july 2011 deadline that president obama has given for troop withdrawal. >> we're not asking for victory by december or by july of 2011.
what we are asking is that by december we have enough evidence to demonstrate, if you will, the proof of concept. >> reporter: petraeus will also likely be asked about the need for changes in other u.s. leadership positions. >> we need a new team over there as well, perhaps at the embassy and other areas. the relationship between civilian and military is not what it should be. >> reporter: in a town that tends to move slowly it has been a whirlwind few days. general mcchrystal's resignation was accepted by the president less than 48 hours after the white house learned of insulting remarks he and his staff made in today's edition of "rolling stone" magazine. >> honestly, when i first read it, i was nearly sick. it made me literally physically. i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: general mcchrystal will not be returning to afghanistan. in fact, the military is packing up his personal belongings to send them to the u.s. vinita and eric?
the notorious drug kingpin christopher coke apprehended in jamaica faces formal charges today in new york. coke arrived under tight security last night to face charges he flooded the east coast with shipments of cocaine and marijuana. coke's arrest ended a five-week manhunt, which began with deadly raids in the jamaican capital of kingston. nearly 1 million people will lose unemployment benefits after the senate failed to pass a bill extending payments. in a 57-41 defeat republicans refused to back the measure. the spending bill would have extended benefits for the long-term unemployed. republicans point out the bill would have added $30 billion to the national debt. mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest rate in half a century for home buyers with good credit and job security. according to freddie mac, an average 30-year fixed rate mortgage has now dropped to 4.69%. the decrease follows a major drop in new housing starts last month. and now to what could be the bargain of a lifetime, and it's stopping people dead in their tracks. >> a tennessee thrift store offering rock bottom prices on everything from bikes to beds
now has a hot new item -- a casket. the owner says business has never been livelier. droves of customers have been checking out the coffin, but so far no takers. or undertakers for that matter. >> unlike his other merchandise the shop owner says the casket is not secondhand, and he promises not to stiff you on the price. >> it's a beautiful casket i will say. >> it is. >> and we all have heard throughout our lives how expensive funerals are. so if you're near this thrift store, go for it. >> looks like a bargain to me. >> it is. we'll be right back with more "world news now." whoo!
80 nato troops have been killed. >> that toll would be higher if it weren't for the life-saving work of the military medical teams, including the one martha raddatz visited in kandahar. >> on the same page. >> reporter: in the minutes before the injured arrive -- >> three patients. >> reporter: -- there is total concentration. >> two alphas, one bravo. >> reporter: nurses prep the trauma bays, doctors mentally compose themselves. and surgical teams line the narrow hallway outside the operating room. >> the information we have is that he's got a traumatic amputation of the right leg below the knee. other than that we have no other information. >> reporter: but that is really all they need to know. >> he should be here in two to three minutes' time. >> reporter: they're prepared for anything at this combat hospital at kandahar air field in the heart of taliban country. as military hospitals go, this one is cutting edge. doctors are using advanced technology that was once unheard of this close to the
battlefield. technology to ease pain like never before. salvage even more limbs. save even more lives. >> billions of dollars are spent on fighter jets and, you know, apache helicopters and things like that. we can invest in front line close to the point of injury medical care, and we know it saves lives. >> here's the bullet. here's where it entered right over here. >> reporter: nine years into this war the u.s. military is getting very good at fighting and surviving. outside the hospital the teams wait for the ambulance to pull up, this one carrying a 23-year-old american soldier who was one week away from returning home. >> he has amputated right foot. a tourniquet in place. >> my name's dr. hillston. do you have pain right now? do you have pain all in your leg? >> reporter: dr. richard
hillston leads a trauma team of u.s. and canadian nurses, medics, and corps men. 28 years old, just five years older than his patient. >> take some deep breaths for me. >> reporter: a family medical practitioner back in canada, hillston has been in kandahar for only one month. >> it's not painful when i'm doing this, is it? >> reporter: he does a quick assessment of the soldier's injury. private first class kelly beechner's foot is gone. lost in an attack on his guard tower by a rocket-propelled grenade. >> we need pain medication. >> reporter: beechner, who is with the 4th infantry division out of fort carson, has been in afghanistan for ten months now. he was so close to leaving. >> we don't see any other additional injuries so far. >> reporter: while orthopedists work to stabilize his leg, hillston is concerned about the level of pain the soldier is having. >> is there pain right here? >> reporter: which can make helping him even more complicated. >> he needs to be relaxed and calm. we'll give him -- keep going
with opiates, get it in. >> reporter: to help with pain management -- >> this is a purple nerve stimulator. >> reporter: -- dr. kevin brady is visiting kandahar to teach the staff about the latest techniques being developed back in the states. he teams up with dr. hillston to help the u.s. soldier once he's out of surgery. >> we're giving a bunch of medicine to numb the pain -- >> reporter: instead of medicating the soldier, which can lead to breathing and heart rate problems, the goal here is to provide a very localized painkiller directly to nerves near the site of an injury. >> it will get the whole leg. yeah. >> reporter: dr. hillston assists as dr. brady locates the nerve by using a stimulator that causes certain muscles to twitch. >> we're seeing patellar snap. okay. so that's a key that we're actually getting the femoral nerve here. >> reporter: he then inserts a catheter to deliver the painkiller directly to the nerve. >> aspirin, inject one cc. okay.
now we've lost our twitch. that's great. >> these patients, because of the nature of the combat injuries, can get multiple surgeries. this catheter then will give pain relief for the ride home, and then it can be used for subsequent procedures. >> reporter: in war, saving lives is sometimes the only good news you get. within 24 hours the injured soldiers are on their way home, where they continue to recuperate today. i'm martha raddatz in kandahar, afghanistan. >> remarkable access in that piece. it really underscores the dedication and the expertise of these doctors. you know, despite those efforts, june is still the deadliest month of this nine-year campaign. >> it just breaks your heart to hear martha raddatz say he's going to lose his leg. that's really hard to hear. when we return, we really change gears. it's time for your "skinny." we're talking about botox.
and we begin with some baby mama drama involving mel gibson. apparently, he's filed a temporary restraining order against the mother of his 7-month-old daughter, lucia. the ex-girlfriend's name is oksana grigorieva, i believe is the way you say it. she's a russian singer, musician. the couple broke up a couple months ago. they had dated for about a year. had a child. 7-month-old lucia. well, apparently, mel gibson has now filed this temporary restraining order. the details of the paperwork itself have been sealed. we don't know what it's about but reports say it's about
visitation rights and child custody. a few months ago they said that the split was amicable, that they were going to sort of share custody, but apparently things have gone bad in the last couple months here. so thus they have mel gibson going to court. >> it just seems like for mel gibson it's been a string of one bad thing after another. you could have never guessed this ten years ago because i think mel gibson was such a darling. but everything's just been downhill for him. >> in addition to this baby he's got seven other kids with his ex-wife. they were married for about 30 years. they split about a year ago and there were rumors he was seeing this other woman during the marriage but that hasn't been confirmed. >> not just baby mama drama, lots of drama in that particular life. >> involving mr. gibson. >> so could edward from "twilight" be on team jacob? a lot of people are talking about this. it happened during a screening of "eclipse." all of a sudden people are in mann's chinese theater in of course hollywood and they see this. >> maybe you guys would like an on-screen kiss from -- from
jacob and edward. >> yes. so you can see there the twi-hards went crazy. you can see, though, they obviously did not kiss but it was clever thinking. in case you're wondering the third installment of the wildly popular "twilight" series hits theaters wednesday, june 30th. and this of course was just their amping up for it all. >> imagine you're a twi-hard you're watching what you think is just a screening and then suddenly they pop up. >> you think i'm about to see a britney-madonna moment and then it doesn't really come to fruition. >> our next story involves kate gosselin. people love to critique her look, whether it's her hair or her clothes, and now people are talking about her face and whether or not she's had some work done. this picture -- >> oh, wow. >> -- showed up in "us" magazine and now there are these rumors that maybe she's been getting some botox, and not just botox but bad botox. a botched botox job. the magazine interviewed a couple of plastic surgeons who say that this is a telltale sign of a botched job. one doctor saying that the v shape in her forehead suggests that this was not exactly
professional work and now she sort of looks like jack nicholson from "batman." >> wow. >> that's the doctor's words. >> isn't it so amazing? if i saw the woman on the right on the street, i wouldn't have even known that's kate gosselin. long hair now. we've seen her in eight different haircuts. and now that. wow. >> i think we should give her a break. people love to critique her look. i mean, whether it's her hair or her clothes -- >> and her dancing, of course. it wasn't like that got any sort of rave review either, now, did it? now let's talk about -- we end this friday with the same way we sort of started it. all week long we've been giving you updates on jake and vienna and the break-up. and the newest one, it tops all the other ones. there are rumors that during the break-up special for abc between jake and vienna he basically went into an uncontrollable rage, shaking his fist at his former fiancee, threatening to throw a punch, and screaming at her multiple times to shut up. keep in mind that at this point she has basically said he's not into girls, "he didn't touch me for four solid months," i don't
know what else, all the different things she's been saying about him, but according to everyone at this filming he literally jumped out of his chair, pulled back his fist, and lunged at her. they say executives were freaking out. in case you want to see it all, the break-up special airs july 5th. it should be promising. >> only so much a man can take. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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provincetown. >> reporter: a tiny seaside town in massachusetts now at the center of a national debate over children and sexual activity. >> i think that's going a little too far. >> i think it's pretty sick. >> reporter: it started when the local school board recently voted unanimously for a new policy allowing any student, including high school and elementary students, to ask for and receive a condom without their parents being told. the woman who wrote the policy, school superintendent dr. beth singer, says studies show that young children are sometimes sexually active, about 6% of teens report having sex under the age of 13. however, sheays while they technically included children in kindergarten and first grade they never actually intended to give condoms to little kids. >> your assumption in writing this policy was that no 7, 6, 5-year-old's ever going to ask for a condom? >> nor would they get one. >> nor would they get one? >> of course not. what would they do with it, make it a balloon?
i mean, it's silly. >> reporter: nonetheless, it has touched off a serious controversy on the streets of this tourist town. >> i think it's a good idea as long as there's responsible teachers to explain what's the reality of this world. >> if the student goes to the office, you have to have permission to give them a tylenol. why would you give them permission to get a condom? >> reporter: late today the governor of massachusetts duval patrick intervened. >> the governor said he called you today and that you're going to walk back the policy. is that as a consequence of this media storm and his phone call? >> well, i think it's as a result of our seeing things from your eyes. >> reporter: she says now that they know how easy it is to misunderstand the policy they will reconvene and make it clear that some children are too young to be prepared for sex. dan harris, abc news, provincetown, massachusetts. >> certainly an interesting look at what could be a sign of the times. >> yeah. it's amazing that the governor got involved. an indication of just how much of a hot-button issue this is. >> well, that is the news for this half hour.
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